Quadripartite Select Committee Written Evidence

Supplementary memorandum from the UK Working Group on Arms


10.2 HM Customs and Excise

  HMC&E will enforce the new controls (ie investigate and prosecute offences). They estimate that the additional cost to them would be approximately £200,000 to £300,000 per annum, broken down into £150,000 to £250,000 for trade enforcement activities and £50,000 on transfers for technology for military goods. This estimate includes legal costs, equipment and running costs. No additional IT or training costs are envisaged. [42]

  In April 2001 HMG announced an additional £90 million over the next three years for law enforcement agencies to tackle organised crime. The additional funds are targeted towards combating drug trafficking and people smuggling. [43]

  At this rate, the spend on enforcement of the trade controls is approximately 0.5% to 0.8% of the extra spend on controlling movements of drugs and people.


  All OIELs should have a standard record keeping requirement which is at least four years from the date of export.

  For OGELs, community licences and intra-community transfers of dual-use items, records must be kept for at least three years from the end of the calendar year in which the export took place (see 14(4) (5) and (9) of The Export of Goods, Transfer of Technology and Provision of Technical Assistance (Control) Order 2003).

January 2006

42   "Final Regulatory Impact Assessment, Export Control Orders," Export Control Organisation, http://www.dti.gov.uk/export.control/legislation/pdfs/riafinalversion.pdf. Back

43   "Fight against organised crime to receive significant financial boost," Home Office, News Press Release, 5 April 2001. Back

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